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HopDevil

October, 2015

HopDevil

Judges Rating: 
92
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This beer pours a beautiful brilliantly clear orange-amber with a big, fluffy, cream-colored head of small bubbles that persists and leaves some Belgian lacing. The aroma of fresh baked bread and bread crusts is just a bit grainy, with grassy and resinous tangerine notes and hints of tropical fruit. The flavor echoes the fairly substantial (for an American IPA) malt backbone with crackers, honey, and a bit of a nutty character. The finish is quite dry, although there is an offsetting honey note – with bitterness lingering in the back of your throat. With just above a medium body and a crisp and clean expression that invites you to drink more, there's also a bit of alcohol warmth. Very enjoyable and tasty, with the hops dominating the bittering, though a bit more subdued in the flavor and aroma. Enjoy this with a spicy Indian curry dish – or just by itself for a balanced and engaging IPA experience.

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